Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1969-01-26
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Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Clementine > Death Don't Have No Mercy
Dark Star > St Stephen > The Eleven > Turn On Your Love Light
Other artists on bill: Sons of Champlin, Initial Shock; Eleven > Lovelight from this show appear on Live Dead
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|That's It For The Other One ->|
|Death Don't Have No Mercy|
|Dark Star ->|
|St Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Turn On Your Lovelight|
-- Mix problems in beginning of show
-- Reel flip in Dark Star
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Avalon Ballroom
Subject: MIDNIGHT SUN Review
Subject: Death Don't Have no Mercy
The band that will one day make time travel a necessity for all students of American Rock and Roll in the 20th century...
Anyhow, the sound when it is good is very good here but when it dips it fades into like being outside the show and trying to listen thru the emergency exit doors or a drainpipe. Note: Only one spot that I really noticed a sound issue.
The intensity ramps up every night of this Avalon run. They are blazing here. And yes whoever is playing the organ is right up in the mix.
This has that dripping psychedelic vibe to it. Almost like a Cold Rain and Snow from 1965!
The drummers are really pounding it...
"And when the day had ended, his mind remained unbend-ed,,, you know he had to die"
When i listen to Garcia sing from this era it seems to me he is less polished, he really will just scream lyrics at emotional points in the tune. I really like it but on the other hand I think as Hunter matures as a song writer he brings Garcia tunes that just fit perfectly with Garcia's voice and disposition. Tunes like 'B.E.Woman', 'Eyes of the World' and 'He's Gone'
Clementine is a peach but seems a bit labored for JERRY, which being a Phil tune should come as no surprise. I actually see no reason why Phil couldn't pull this tune off at a day and time of his choosing.
Garcia seems like he wants no part of the lyrics and just launches out on a nice solo...
Which brings Phil in as well on bass.
Another round of lyrics and then an all out jam...
Too bad they could not have continued doing this as an instrumental it took them awhile but the jam is pretty sweet once they get around to it.
The organ sounds pretty trippy at the end.
They came to play and just jam thru the entire 1st set. A tight set of music and under the Avalon time cutoff.Which in this case may benefit them because it keeps them focused on the music at hand.
Look how much more confident JERRY is with the Lyrics for 'Death Don't'. You need look no furthur if you want to know why Clementine would get dropped. That Death Don't was EPIC!
Also would like to thank Mr. Miller
for not chopping up the tracks,
it flows so nicely this way...
Subject: Stephen's, Eleven's, Other One's and Love Light's
The Avalon shows are up there with the Fillmore shows for psychedelia.
I am partial to 1970 Dark Star's and 1968 Alligator's.
Subject: Terrific show,
Clementine > Death Don't is absolutely mesmerizing. We can talk a lot about the DS > Lovelight suite here, sure, but check the patience, texture, and beauty with which Clementine comes to life - soooo sad they didn't play this one more often - T.C. is, yes, high in the mix but I find that wonderful - he wasn't as good a player as Brent in terms of range, but was a vast improvement over Pigpen while in the band.
You're going to find Eleven > Lovelight a vastly different experience from Live/Dead - this one is raw, stripped of overdubs and 'fixes', left in all its ragged glory - the absolutely invisible transition between the tunes is among my most treasured of Dead moments; I think the sheer number of times I've listened to Live/Dead over these long years accounts for a lot of that!
Lovelight. Often I keep Pigpen's opus at arm's length - it's really a celebratory song and you have to be absolutely in the right frame of mind to really let this one get down and grab hold of your heart - with this version its simply impossible to stray from the commanding energy the band harnesses. There is nothing left to doubt as to what the Grateful Dead were about and were trying to be during the final surge to the finish - its eternal, final, perfect, the breathing embodiment of the extreme top crest of that psychedelic wave everyone was riding on in those days.
...and leave it on, indeed!
ps. That's Phil on the famous "take your hands out of your pockets" aside during Pigpen's rap, right? What a card.
Subject: Love that Clementine!
This is a nice upgrade. The emotional punch of Death Dont is staggering. Jerry can really play the blues. The whole second set is awesome. I can only imagine what it would have been like to witness this in person and in such a cool venue too. 4 only because of the mix issues.
Subject: Almost All Great
this is most complete clementine!
intro 00.00 > 01.20
verse 1 1.20 > 02.25
volume swell interlude 02.25 >3.25
vamp on intro 03.25 > 04.24
verse 2 attempt 04.24 > 04.46
"recovery" jam 04.46 > 05.40
verse 2? again 05.40 > 06.14
riff section with jam 06.14 > 06.47
jam 06.47 > 7.50
riff recap (phil led) 07.50 > 08.16
jam like the intro vamp* 08.16 > 10.46
dissolving point 10.46 > 10.56
* alot could be said here, TC has some great arpeggios, right before the ten min mark there is a great apex with awesome layers.